Saskatoon

Complaints raised about graphic anti-abortion flyers

A Saskatoon man says he's shocked and offended by anti-abortion pamphlets that were distributed in his neighbourhood recently. (Warning: Story contains disturbing images)

Warning: Story contains disturbing images

On of the flyers with graphic images of abortions that a group has been handing out in Saskatoon. (Victoria Dinh/CBC)

A Saskatoon man says he's shocked and offended by anti-abortion pamphlets that were distributed in his neighbourhood recently.

The flyers handed out by the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) include graphic photos of aborted fetuses.

Saskatoon's Robert Rudachyk says he was shocked and offended about flyers with graphic images of abortions that a group has been handing out in Saskatoon.

Robert Rudachyk, who filed a complaint with the police today, says the material is obscene and traumatizing for many who saw it.

"As far as I'm concerned, this amounts to child abuse," he said. "My next door neighbour's granddaughter got the mail yesterday and when she saw it she was so traumatized, she vomited on the floor."

Freedom of Expression

Cameron Cote works for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform and is distributing nearly one million pamphlets like these in mailboxes across Canada. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC News)
According to Cameron Cote, the Western activism and outreach director for the CCBR, children aren't the target audience for the campaign.

"I can either choose to do something to desperately try to save these pre-born children, or I can choose not to do anything, because I care more for the emotions and feelings of the born than I care for the lives of the pre-born," Cote said.

Cote is part of a team that's distributing almost one million of the graphic pamphlets throughout Canada. They attack Liberal leader Justin Trudeau for his pro-choice views.

The anti-abortion group said it is targeting new ridings like Saskatoon West and swing ridings ahead of the federal election.

Cote defended the use of graphic imagery.

"Abortion itself is very offensive," he said. "If we're offended by the image, possibly, we should think a little more about the action that's being done."

Cote maintained that the group is within its rights to distribute these pamphlets, and the Saskatoon police agree.

In a release Friday, the police service said it has sought legal advice and determined the images in the pamphlet may be offensive to some, but they aren't criminal in nature.

Police will not be investigating any complaints laid.